With British Food Fortnight here, Essential Cuisine is calling on the hospitality industry to bang the drum for British produce ‘like never before’.
With Covid having devastated the food and drink industry for much of 2020, the annual event, says Senior Business Development Chef at Essential Cuisine, Jonathan Harvey-Barnes, takes on an even greater significance.
“Now, more than ever, UK food and drink needs our support – we need action and cohesion across the board from manufacturers like us, to smaller suppliers, wholesalers, and operators, right down to chefs and front of house staff. This needs to be an unprecedented celebration – a chance like no other to come together to promote the benefits of British, of sourcing local, seasonal produce – some of the finest in the world! From the 19th of September to the 4th of October, let’s flood our social media with positive messages about British food, let’s talk to local suppliers about how to introduce more of their produce onto menus, let’s champion those that already subscribe to local sourcing and seasonality and try to convert those that don’t to the many benefits of buying British!”
Essential Cuisine is yet again partnering with organisers of the fortnight, Love British Food, to encourage retailers and caterers to source menu items responsibly and make ‘British’ their first choice.
To help with this, the Cheshire-based manufacturer of stocks and sauces has collaborated on a food-to-go recipe guide with fellow Love British Food ambassadors, Brakes. Essential Cuisine products are included in a range of food-to-go recipes, developed by Brakes chefs. Also included are specially designed menu templates to help show the provenance of the ingredients used alongside a monthly produce calendar which can be printed and used by the kitchen team to help plan dishes using British ingredients.
Allied to this Essential Cuisine is encouraging operators to download its Think Seasonal, Think British recipe book, showcasing the best of British produce with invaluable hints and tips.
Available to download now: https://www.essentialcuisine.com/interactive-recipes/ the recipe book is a collection of classic dishes and some surprising twists using the best in-season British ingredients and including products from Essential’s class-leading range. From Vegan Burritos to Lancashire Hot Pot, Gluten- Free Tuna Pasta Bake to Chili Con Carne, a host of tempting recipes – created to work across a variety of sectors – are included.
The recipe book also includes a foreword by Love British Food Founder, Alexia Robinson who evaluates the social and environmental impact of buying British produce and explains how, with the partnered support of Essential Cuisine, championing British food can benefit us all.